Have you smelled your house lately?
If it's a perfume you're buying, then there's certainly
Obviously, people usually buy houses because they look great, seems comfortable, is fully-furnished and well-taken care
Indeed, people often take smells for granted. This is because we register the world mostly through our sense of sight, unlike animals which predominantly rely on their olfactory sense
This is what you should watch out for when you're selling your house. Your house might pass any discriminating homebuyer's checklist in flying colors. You've repainted the walls in a soothing cream brown, you've had the kitchen floorboards polished, installed
Get rid of those little smelly details of your house that you might not be aware of anymore, but would definitely be an assault
outside as well.
Smell, Smell, Go Away.
And then, really, as in really clean up. Wash carpets, curtains, rags, any fabric that stores odors.
Now, for the fun part. Bake bread with cinnamon, or simmer citrus on the stove or anything that smells good and worry-free. Bring out those essential oils or light up aromatic candles, for a more natural pleasant smelling atmosphere, not synthetically induced by any spray can. Lavender oil, for instance, has a positive calming, effect.
Smells trigger memories and coax emotions in us. This is because our brain's limbic system which stores our memories is also the one responsible for tagging a particular odor received by the chemoreceptors.
Which is why when we’re giving house tours to visitors, we want them to remember the house even long after they’ve left the premises. And we want them to remember in a good way. So, okay, pretty flowers standing at attention in a vase might not exactly be your house's strongest selling point, but they can put your visitors in a buying mood and really make a difference.